By Stephen Seager
Psychiatrist Stephen Seager used to be no stranger to locked psych wards whilst he accredited a task at California’s Gorman nation health center, recognized in the community as “Gomorrah,” yet not anything can have ready him for what he encountered while he stepped via its gates, a triple sally port at the back of the twenty-foot partitions crowned with shining coils of razor cord. Gorman nation is without doubt one of the nation’s greatest forensic psychological hospitals, devoted to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, the place Seager used to be assigned, used to be reserved for the “bad actors,” the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.
Against a backdrop of surreal beauty—a verdant campus-like surroundings the place peacocks strolled the grounds—is a spot of exceptional violence, a spot the place a small employees of clinicians are anticipated to control a unstable inhabitants of prison-hardened ex-cons, the place lone therapists lead sharing circles with sociopaths, the place a bootleg underground economic climate prospers, and the place sufferers and physicians usually degree their lives in accordance with how briskly they could run. To pass throughout the gates of Gomorrah is to go into a looking-glass international, the place the trimmings of the conventional calendar 12 months exist—Halloween dances and xmas events (complete with visits from Santa), springtime softball groups and basketball leagues, yet marked with paroxysms of brutality (Santa is going berserk), and peopled through figures from our nightmares.
Behind the Gates of Gomorrah offers an eye-opening glance inside of a facility to which few humans have ever had entry. sincere, rueful, and now and then darkly humorous, Seager’s gripping account of his rookie yr blends memoir with a story technological know-how, explaining either the aberrant brain and his personal, from time to time incomprehensible, decision to stay in a task with a perilously steep studying curve.
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